About the Program
2017/18: Andrée Lacelle
2017/18: Jamaal Jackson Rogers
March 20 – 25, 2018
Ahmed "Knowmadic" Ali is a multi-award winning Somali-born spoken word poet and serves as Edmonton's current Poet Laureate.
Albert Belzile is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from New Brunswick.
Winner of the 2012 Irving Layton Award for Fiction.
A luminous American poet, Alice Notley has been publishing remarkable poetry for more than four decades.
Allison LaSorda's debut,
, was published by icehouse poetry.
Apollo the Child
Apollo the Child is a spoken word poet, hip hop artist, radio host and co-director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective.
Bassam is an executive board member with Spoken Word Canada, and has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word.
Berta García Faet
Poetry writer in Spanish and Catalan, Berta García Faet is also a scholar, playwright, translator and fiction author
Billie the Kid
Billie the Kid's poems play with metaphors to tell stories of friends and family, often while exploring the issues of cultural identity.
Brandon Wint's second album of spoken word poetry,
, was released in February 2018.
Carolyn Marie Souaid
Carolyn Marie Souaid is the author of seven books of poetry and her latest is
This World We Invented
A person with many talents and ailments, CauseMo is a warrior wielding art as both shield and sword.
Chris Johnson works as the Managing Editor for
Arc Poetry Magazine
Chris Tse is a former Canadian National Slam Champion and writes about identity, immigration, intimacy, and basketball.
Ottawa poet Christine McNair's second poetry collection
came out from BookThug.
Edmonton poet Claire Kelly's collection,
, is available from Palimpsest Press.
Colette Bryce is an award-winning poet from Northern Ireland.
Daniel H. Dugas
Daniel H. Dugas ninth book of poetry:
L’esprit du temps / The Spirit of the Time
won the 2016 Prix annuel Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie.
David Charette is a multi-talented artist working in visual arts, crafts, and traditional first nations singing & drumming.
Ottawa poet David Groulx speaks with black humour and raw beauty of the strength of scarred experience.
Didi Jackson‘s debut collection of poems,
, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2020.
Erin Mouré is dedicated to poetry and the translation of poetry and poetics.
Frédéric is a Masters student of the University of Ottawa's French Department, specializing in science fiction.
Award-winning poet Gary Barwin's most recent poetry collection is
No TV for Woodpeckers
Georgette LeBlanc is Canada's newest Parliamentary Poet Laureate.
A foremost poet from Galicia (Spain), Gonzalo Hermo has published two collections of poetry in Spanish and Catalan.
Widely respected and widely published, Hans Jongman's haiku have humour and pathos. His latest comes from Catkin Press.
Henry Beissel celebrates the agonies and ecstasies of Canada in
(Guernica), one of 22 collections of poetry.
Hoa Nguyen’s book
Violet Energy Ingots
was nominated for a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry.
Holly Painter is a three-time Grand Slam Champion and current Director of the London Poetry Slam.
J.Roger Léveillé has authored some thirty books of fiction, poetry, essays and hybrid writing.
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers is a nationally recognized artist, entrepreneur and arts educator, and Ottawa's English Poet Laureate.
Jan Zwicky has published nearly twenty books of poetry and prose, most recently
The Long Walk
Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American writer, artist, and musician, and author of
On a Clear Day
Jean Van Loon
Jean Van Loon's lyrical poetry as historical biography
Building on River
(Cormorant Books) will take you away.
Jeff Latosik's upcoming book,
, will be published in spring 2018.
Jennifer Baker is a poet currently exploring the minutiae and hidden secrets of apology, growth, and acceptance.
Jonathan Lamy combines sound poetry, intervention in public spaces, and videopoetry.
Kalli Dakos is the best-selling author of over 2,000 poems about elementary school life.
Kama La Mackerel
Kama La Mackerel is the co-founder of Qouleur and GENDER B(L)ENDER, based in Montréal.
Kate Cayley is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer, and the author of
Klara du Plessis
Klara du Plessis' chapbook
was shortlisted for the bpNichol and her debut collection is
Lady Vanessa Cardona
Lady Vanessa Cardona is the 2018 Edmonton Individual Slam Champion.
Louise Bernice Halfe
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years.
Louise Dupré is the recipient of two Governor General’s Awards for poetry.
comes from Guernica Editions.
A finalist for Prix Littéraires Radio-Canada Luce Pelletier's newest book is
Papier rose pink paper
Lynn Crosbie's writing is unswerving in honesty and high in impact. Her latest book is
The Corpses of the Future
Prolific poet and translator based in Gatineau, Quebec, Madeleine Stratford was short-listed for a 2017 Kirkus Prize.
With his deeply-refined musicality, Major Jackson is a rich and complex American poet.
is his latest.
Mia Morgan is the former
editor, and co-founder of Coven Editions.
New York-based performance poet Miles Hodges was named one of The Root’s 100 Young Futurists.
Natalie Wee has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and two Pushcart Prizes.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is an Innu poet-performer, actor, visual artist, and activist for Indigenous rights.
Nathanaël Larochette has has represented Ottawa at the 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
Nyla Matuk has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her most recent collection is
Major Dublin poet Peter Sirr's fluent, lyrical poems in
have an affinity with the medieval troubadours he translates.
Panos (aka Playto) is a spoken word poet and co-director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective.
Rachel McCrum is a Northern Irish poet, performer, and promoter, and was the first BBC Scotland Poet in Residence.
Rasiqra Revulva is a queer femme poet, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer.
A Woman of Property
was named a best book of the year by
The New Yorker
Sarah Kabamba believes in the power of storytelling in constructing identity and exploring family, history, and culture.
Celebrated Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist Sjón has been translated into 30 languages.
Sneha Madhavan-Reese is the winner of the 2015 Diana Brebner Prize. Her debut collection is
Observing the Moon
Steve McCaffery, of sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, has published
, Shakespeare erasures (Chax Pr, 2016).
Tina Charlebois is the author of four books of poetry published with Le Nordir and Les Éditions L’Interligne.
Valerie Charnish is a mentee of
Arc Poetry Magazine
's Poet-In-Residence Program.
Upcoming talent, Victoria Gravesande has always been inspired by literature and writing.
Zineb Nour is a spoken word artist and a student.
2018 Hall of Honour Inductees
Individuals who strengthen and enrich the poetry community in Ottawa.
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